The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.
I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.
I often have difficulty, given the state of the world, picking a Who Won the Week winner. Not so this week, though. In fact, I have two winners this week: Juneteenth and the Affordable Care Act. Let’s take them one-by-one.
This past week Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill, which President Biden signed into law, making June 19th a federal holiday. June 19th is known as “Juneteenth,” a day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African-American culture.
Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered and about 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states.
It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. One of the federal holidays, Inauguration Day, happens every four years.
Upon signing the bill into law, Biden said, “This is a day of profound weight and profound power, a day in which we remember the moral stain, the terrible toll that slavery took on the country and continues to take.”
The Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA and Obamacare, survived yet another challenge to the legislation passed under Barak Obama that provided health coverage to 31 million Americans who previously had none. This week the Supreme Court voted 7-to-2 to turn aside the latest effort by Republicans to kill the health care law.
And yet, for some reason that I just can’t fathom, after more than a decade as law and multiple failed challenges in Congress and efforts to have the Supreme Court kill the ACA, 77% of identified Republicans still disapprove of Obamacare.
What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?